About The New AIA|LA Design Awards, the Common App, and the Best of the Millennium Awards
Now, more than ever, people and planet require design that fosters a more livable world.
The New AIA|LA Design Awards look to the future through changes to previous years’ categories in order to recognize the importance of design excellence that addresses planetary challenges. These changes celebrate work that nurtures quality of life; halts or reverses climate change; and are designed in respect for the natural world. Because, if there is a singular lesson from 2020, it is that ultimately nature is more powerful than human.
These values are recognized through the synthesis of the Design Awards and what were previously AIA|LA COTE Awards. This year, rather than two separate categories, Design Awards submissions will include the Common Application or “common app,” a national sustainability criteria that consists of predominantly Yes/No questions. We become the first local Chapter to do so.
The NEXT LA Awards return to the annual program, this year including the Common App as well, but a new category is also in the mix—if only for this year; “Best of the Millennium” will honor the Best of the Best work in the last twenty years and is open, only, to previous design award winners (as in the built-project category) from the years 2000 – 2019.
The 2020 AIALA Design Awards Ceremony + Party Presenting Sponsor is: Sharpe Interior Systems.
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Registration Opens/ Tues. April 14
Early Bird Closes /
Thurs. May 7
+Extended until May 15
Regular Pricing Closes /
Thurs. May 21
+Extended until May 29
Registration / Late Pricing
Closes / Fri. June 12 +Extended until Tues. June 30 (11:59PM PDT)
Submissions Due/ Fri. August 7 (11:59PM PDT)
Jury Day / Fri. September 18
Sponsorship Deadline / TBA
Awards Ceremony / TBA
Show your support and increase visibility for your firm by sponsoring the 2020 AIA|LA Design Awards Ceremony + Party.
Design Awards Jury
+ Tom Kundig, FAIA – Olson Kundig (Seattle, Washington)
+ Thomas Robinson, AIA – LEVER (Portland, Oregon)
+ Tatiana Bilbao – Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
Millennium Category Jury
+ Martino Stierli – Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art (NY, New York)
+ Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA – Dean, School of Architecture,
Woodbury University (Los Angeles, CA)
+ Michael Fox, AIA – FoxLin (San Clemente, CA)
+ David Hertz, FAIA – Studio EA (Los Angeles, CA)
+ Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam, Holland and Lagos, Nigeria)
1) Call for Entries includes Projects qualifying for the following categories;
Design Awards – built work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects*
NEXT LA – unbuilt work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects*
Best of the Millennium – Best of the Best selected from previous winners of Design Awards (built projects) from the years 2000 – 2019.
2) Download the Call for Entries.
After registration closes, registrants will receive an “additional entry form” from submittable.com, which is essentially a link by which to submit all required materials and information for your project.
Please review the submission requirements and submission template below to identify what needs to be submitted for your entry:
Please find below helpful documents to assist with the Common App, which is required for the Design Awards and Next LA Categories:
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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